Leg Cramps


Leg pain is one of those particularly irritating types of pain. Leg cramps or charley horses can be excruciating. The leg muscles cramp when they involuntarily contract. This usually feels like a painful knot on the leg muscle and renders it momentarily immobile. There are certain activities that make a person more prone to leg […]

Read more

Lyme Disease


Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans by a bite from an infected black-legged or deer tick. The tick becomes infected after feeding on infected deer, birds, or mice. Infected ticks thrive in forested areas. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms and physical findings […]

Read more



Emphysema is a lung condition that causes shortness of breath. In people with emphysema, the air sacs in the lungs are damaged. Over time, the inner walls of the air sacs weaken and rupture creating larger air spaces instead of many small ones. You can have emphysema for many years without noticing any signs or […]

Read more



Lupus is a chronic autoimmune condition that can cause inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs. Autoimmune diseases are any conditions that cause the immune system to believe that the body’s tissues are foreign pathogens, and […]

Read more

Lactose Intolerance


Lactose Intolerance is a condition of the digestive system in the small intestines with symptoms, such as bloating, diarrhea, and gas, after consuming foods or drinks that contain lactose. The condition, which is also called lactose malabsorption, is usually harmless, but its symptoms can be very uncomfortable and embarrassing. Lactose malabsorption occurs when your small […]

Read more

Multiple sclerosis


Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease of the central nervous system, which includes the brain and spinal cord, that disrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body. Some signs and symptoms include numbness and weakness in one or more limbs, electric shock sensations that occur with certain neck movements, involuntary […]

Read more



Laryngitis is when your larynx is swollen and inflamed from overuse, irritation or infection. This swelling and inflammation causes distortion of the sounds produced by air passing over them. As a result, the voice sounds hoarse or even undetectable. Many conditions can cause the inflammation that results in laryngitis such as viral infections, environmental factors, […]

Read more

National Physical Therapy Month


October marks National Physical Therapy month, which draws awareness to the ever important field of physical therapy. Physical therapy is the treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment, and exercise rather than by drugs or surgery. In the United States every year, about 500,000 people undergo surgery for […]

Read more

Kidney Stones


Kidney stones are mineral deposits that form in the kidneys and vary in size, with some being as small as a grain of sand, and others being as large as a pebble. They usually originate in the kidneys; however, they can develop anywhere along the urinary tract, which consists of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and […]

Read more

Kidney Infection


A kidney infection, also known as pyelonephritis, is when bacteria or viruses cause problems in one or both of the kidneys. It is a type of urinary tract infection (UTI). They can be sudden or chronic, are often painful, and can be life-threatening if not treated promptly. Symptoms of kidney infection usually appear two days […]

Read more